(This is a partial review-- see the link at the bottom to read the full review at my blog. Thanks!)
I thought In the After was good, more of a well-eno...more(This is a partial review-- see the link at the bottom to read the full review at my blog. Thanks!)
I thought In the After was good, more of a well-enough read to spark a curiosity in continuing the series to see where it was going to lead. But I had no idea what to expect when I picked up its sequel, In the End.
To be fair, I have to admit I didn’t remember much how the first one ended. I had bits and pieces of memory, and In the After didn’t provide an over-abundance of refresher in the beginning, but a nice small one. Just enough for me to recall what I couldn’t, and I was glad for that. Lunetta did a great job with the little details to remind the reader of what happened in the first book in case there was any need for a refresher, without making it too clear or obvious. It tied in nicely.
It’s also pretty rare for me to love a sequel so much. There are few authors on my list that have done this, and now In the End is one of them. I like this second installment even better. It was gritty and chaotic and I loved it so much. When I turned to the last page, I was sad I couldn’t continue. I want more! I’m ready for more. This series is the kind of sci-fi futuristic weirdness I’ve been looking for since I started blogging.
The Forever Song, the final installment for the Blood of Eden series, didn’t give me as much oomph as the first two books-- the second still being my favorite, I think-- and while it was still great, I felt it flat most of the time. I’m also in a terrible reading slump, so most of the books I’ve been picking up lately, I’ve not had much desire to really read anyway (it’s a tragic situation to go through for any reader or book blogger).
**Also, there might be minor spoilers ahead. It's hard to avoid that when reviewing a later installment for a series.**
We finally get Zeke back into the story. Most of my followers and reader friends already know I haven’t been a Zeke fan since the beginning. He was a lot more tolerable in book two… I was even emotionally impacted by the ending there because I finally felt a mild attachment to his character.. But once again, The Forever Song gave me a Zeke I couldn’t like. Much more of an annoyance than anything, to be honest. I get that he’s upset… I just didn’t want to spend over half of the book reading the back-and-forth between him and Alison on this when I felt like there were more important things going around the characters. It wasn’t terrible enough to completely affect my enjoyment of the story, but I could have certainly done without a lot of it.
I particularly liked the further development of Jackal. He became a key character that I got attached to easily, despite his brutal honesty and sometimes hardcore style. Often, I felt like he was much more the type for Alison’s personality. But I don’t remember his description or how “old” he looks. I just have my own imagination when his character is speaking. Haha.
Kagawa also knows how to make you hate a bad guy when you really need to hate one. That’s for sure. Characters are put through some hell and torture, and there’s a lot to endure, and by the end you’re likely to be left saying “whoa.”
I also really liked the attention to details and ideas of family strength. Kagawa painted great pictures for the readers with her words and actions to develop a story about bonding, family, loving unconditionally, and sacrifice.
If you haven’t yet started this series, I don’t know what you’re waiting on. It’s one of the best vampire reads out there. Read it. Come on.(less)
It’s really quite hard for me to talk of this book and the characters without giving away spoilers, to be honest.
While I was rather surprised at the...moreIt’s really quite hard for me to talk of this book and the characters without giving away spoilers, to be honest.
While I was rather surprised at the shortness of the presented work, along with the quickness of how everything began to be pieced together, it all gets fashioned and twisted into various ways that if I begin to even try and explain a portion of We Were Liars, I may as well be giving away fragments of mystery that you should discover for yourselves! This is not an action-packed read. It's not fast. It's not thrilling. This is more like that slow-building family drama with the light romance and fascinating background... (continued at The Bookaholic)
I fell behind on my reading over the past few weeks due to personal issues...Unfortunately when I finally picked it back up again a few days ago, I no...moreI fell behind on my reading over the past few weeks due to personal issues...Unfortunately when I finally picked it back up again a few days ago, I noticed too late that I only had just a bit around two days to finish with this e-galley. I'd tried, but time was not my friend and only made it approx. 80 pages into the book. :(
Because of this, I'm having to shelve the title as a DNF with no rating--and no review. There has been a sad circumstance with a couple of these books so far this year, but it's not because of no enjoyment. Seems this year, my DNF shelf is also housing some titles for later reminders to myself when I visit the bookstore to pick up the finished copy and complete the reading.
So a DNF here, but it's not a permanent one. I quite enjoyed Fracture and had been really excited to get into Vengeance at last. I can say the first 80 pages pull a reader in with a good bit of excitement and emotion. I wish I could've been able to continue on before the expiration. Look forward to finishing soon.
When it comes to Shakespeare re-tellings, Romeo and Juliet is probably the most common among the bunch. It’s also the re-telling I tend to avoid as mu...moreWhen it comes to Shakespeare re-tellings, Romeo and Juliet is probably the most common among the bunch. It’s also the re-telling I tend to avoid as much as I can because of the overused plot in today’s novels. We even see hints of the tragedy in various modern romances without any intention so you can imagine that it gets a bit tiring to read at times when seeking out something fresh instead.
The thing is: Romeo and Juliet is quite likely an easily named Shakespeare favorite of mine. And that’s hard to do out of the other plays that I also love. But this is another reason why I can’t bring myself to read many re-tellings with this one. It’s because I love the original so much, I can’t (and don’t usually enjoy) read most without getting too technical or picky and fussy over the piece.
Prince of Shadows was an exception. After I heard this was going to be Benvolio’s story, and that Romeo/Juliet were going to be the background characters this time, I had a strong sense I needed to read this book. It sounded different from the usual re-telling at least. And that’s exactly what it gave me. This wasn’t the typical modern re-telling. It wasn’t really a re-telling at all to be more concise about it. It was a fresh, unique story about the infamous peacemaker, Benvolio, and his very own adventure--taking place during the time period of our original characters.
But this isn't my full review. To read the full review, please go to my blog here at The Bookaholic. :)
The Geek’s Guide to Dating is an adorable ode to a variety of ‘geeks,’ ‘nerds,’ and ‘dorks.’ Need that perfect gift idea for your geeky single friend?...moreThe Geek’s Guide to Dating is an adorable ode to a variety of ‘geeks,’ ‘nerds,’ and ‘dorks.’ Need that perfect gift idea for your geeky single friend? This book is perfect!
Also as a total geeky girl (but I don't need a guide to dating since I'm married) and from the appropriate gaming era because I'm old/old-school, I must say that I love the cover so so so much.
I completely adored the first two books of this series, but couldn't find myself all that attached going into this installment. Maybe it's been becaus...moreI completely adored the first two books of this series, but couldn't find myself all that attached going into this installment. Maybe it's been because of the recent reading slump I've been in--haven't had much the desire to do much reading or anything at all--and it's left me feeling all meh toward this one. My largest problem was the first hundred-fifty pages or so, I felt I was getting too much detail into how Avery felt… I MEAN ALL THE FEELS, Y’ALL… And the action seemed to seriously slack. It left me bored the majority of the beginning, despite the gorgeous writing and tension build-up. Despite how excited I'd been to return back to Snyder's world and these characters.
I also have to be honest to say that I completely missed the ending. I'd been about 60 pages away from it when my e-galley expired. Ugh. So it's definitely going to deserve a re-read either way, and when I do maybe I won't be in such a slump and will have a different opinion about a few things? I was such a big fan since book one, so it was sad that things felt off to say the least at this stage for me.
I'm still not thrilled with how a few things turned out from book two (a few readers might know what I mean-- character 'reunion'/reincarnation thing, ya know? Mixed feelings on this.) and this continued to transition into Taste of Darkness. Would have loved some different scenarios, but things still worked and I enjoyed visiting Avery, the 'Monkeys', the unusual fantasy world, and others yet again.
To see my full review, visit my blog at The Bookaholic since this is not the full-posted review/just an excerpt. I also highly recommend this series if you're a fan of Sarah J. Maas and other like authors. :)
Cruel Beauty is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. That much is noticeable right away as the story beg...moreSee my full review at my blog, The Bookaholic
Cruel Beauty is a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast. That much is noticeable right away as the story begins with a daughter arranged to be married to the town’s mysterious and rumored villain--a hermit that lives amongst a run-down castle off in the distance. Sounds a bit like our traditional tale in many ways from that start, but there are also notable differences that made it stand apart and give the story its own voice. There are bits and pieces I thoroughly enjoyed, and things I nearly loathed enough to almost put the book down at times.
For me, this was one of those reads that I found a "likeable enough" middle-ground and by the end, I couldn’t get past that little hump to say that I either loved it or hated it. It was an enjoyable read that I can honestly say was hard to put down, which is why I couldn’t find myself marking this as DNF like I almost wanted to in a few areas...
Read more of this review at my blog by clicking on the above link. :)
Either way.... I have grabby hands right now for this book.
Edit 9/18/13:...moreNo Seth? No Aislinn? Donia? NO NIALL??!
We shall see about you Desert Tales.
Either way.... I have grabby hands right now for this book.
Edit 9/18/13: I have won this through GR Giveaway! So excited! =D
Loved! I've missed the Wicked Lovely world. I've never been a big fan of Keenan, and he still didn't impress me here. But I liked Rika and her story. I've always been curious about the girls before Donia, and this was a fabulous tale of one of Keenan's previous mortals to try, and fail, the test and take on winter's curse until Donia came along to take her place. If you've read Wicked Lovely, you know exactly what I'm talking about. It helped shed some light on Keenan's character for me, I guess, and I have to say I still just don't like him. Lol. I get there are fans of him, but I'm not one. But I do love many others and just like with the last Wicked Lovely book I finished with the series (Darkest Mercy), I was sad to see Desert Tales end as well. It just makes me want even more from other characters and storylines in the Wicked Lovely world and I wish it'd never end! I love it so much. :)
Ah well... I guess I just have to wait for movies now, right? ;)
A more in-depth, slightly-less rambly review to come soon for my blog.
There’s going to be a lot to discuss going into this review because, well, it’s a comic… and superheroes… and a complex storyline… and my whole nerdy-...moreThere’s going to be a lot to discuss going into this review because, well, it’s a comic… and superheroes… and a complex storyline… and my whole nerdy-love is just going to go BLAM all over the place for the next few paragraphs, okay? Okay.
Now that’s out of the way, I’ll try to sound like a normal human.
That’s probably not really going to happen though.
Here’s the thing about Injustice: It’s DC. And while I’m normally a Marvel fan, I do like some DC characters (preferably not from the newer releases though)--and despite the recent DC controversies, I was still highly fascinated with this premise. After reading a few reviews, I really wanted to read it also. The idea sounded just too cool. Besides, comics are generally quick reads. I wasn’t worried about a time crunch.
The good news about this series is that it’s separate from the New 52 and is its own storyline. In fact, most of what I really enjoyed out of it were the characters and the feelings of originality/back to their roots in how they’d been created in the first place. There were still some annoyances, of course, and I’ll get more into that.
What Injustice presents is this world and idea of a possibility that a superhero can turn into the “bad guy” just as easy as a normal good human being can become bad after going through situations, events, etc.. This message left for a lot of thought, too, because to be honest I’d never really considered before the off-chance any of the famed superheroes turning somewhat villainous until I read this installment. They’d always been the good guys.
Also, finally Superman impressed me. And I admit I've never been a fan of him--so this was a pleasant surprise.
Want to read more of this review? Please go to my blog where I share more of my thoughts on the characters and storyline at The Bookaholic (spoiler-free)
I look forward to more from this series.
Quick note: The volume I read was the e-ARC provided by DC to be released November 19th in exchange for my honest review.